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American Idol:: Twelve semifinalists perform. (8 p.m., WBFF-Channel 45)

The Mentalist:: A country club's queen bee is fatally poisoned during a cocktail party at her home, and Patrick (Simon Baker) and the team dig up all kinds of unsavory information about the community. (9 p.m., WJZ-Channel 13)

Frontline: : Inside the Meltdown: : This Frontline documents factors that led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. (9 p.m., WETA-Channel 26)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:: Benson and Stabler (Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni) investigate when a man is found badly beaten in a strip club parking lot with no memory of what happened. (10 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11)

Without a Trace:: Jack (Anthony LaPaglia) and the team search for a woman and her baby. (10:01 p.m., WJZ-Channel 13)


Apocalypse Now Redux:: Director Francis Ford Coppola revisited his 1979 Vietnam War drama with this 2000 revision that adds an hour to the journey of an Army officer (Martin Sheen) sent into the jungle to eliminate a renegade officer (Marlon Brando) who has established a creepy dynasty. (10 p.m., Cinemax)

Late Night Guests

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:: Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt; motorsports competitor and Maryland native Travis Pastrana; Andrew Bird performs. (11:35 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11)

Late Show with David Letterman: : Talk show host Bonnie Hunt; M. Ward performs. (11:35 p.m., WJZ-Channel 13)

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